Thursday, November 24, 2011

Industry News

Heartbreakers to newsmakers and everything in between.

After a relatively quite last week, happenings are abound this week:

All new tablets and ereaders have now been released and reviews are fairly positive all around for the Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox, and Nook Tablet. The winner? Depends on your needs. (Bet you never saw that answer coming, right?) If you are looking for a cheaper version of the iPad, none of these new tablets are going to satisfy. However, if you are already a Prime Amazon customer or a voracious consumer of video and music, the Kindle Fire is a great extension to that buying power. The shortcomings of the Nook Tablet are evident in the limited choice of media which can be purchased. As for the Vox, well, it falls somewhere in the middle, but it is a great alternative if you are looking a higher-end reader that does more than just display books.

If you are in the market, be sure to check out Black Friday deals from Walmart, Target and Radio Shack (to name a few). Several stores are selling the readers at retail but including gift cards ranging from $10-25.


On November 21, Overdrive (who distributes digital material to libraries) announced that Penguin was "reviewing terms for library lending of their eBooks" and in the interim, it had to disable “Get for Kindle” functionality for all Penguin eBooks. Well it turns out that Penguin has changed its mind because the original decision had nothing to do with Amazon's own Lending Library for Prime Members. Nothing at all. There is a great write up by Sarah over at SBTB


It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the news that legendary fantasy novelist, Anne McCaffrey, died at the age of 85. McCaffrey was known for writing strong female characters in the fantasy/science fiction genre which usually dismissed women as eye-candy, after thoughts. Her words and worlds have been and will continue to be cherished by countless readers for generations. I personally attribute McCaffrey for nurturing my love for dragons and science fiction and for showing that girls, too, could have epic adventures. Thank you, Ms. McCaffrey. You will be missed.

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